Garcia continues leadership in Charleston while adding Myrtle
Beach and Hilton Head
CHARLESTON, S.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Pinnacle Financial Partners (Nasdaq/NGS: PNFP) has named a familiar face
as its new regional president for the South Carolina coast. Mary Garcia,
most recently Pinnacle’s area executive for Charleston and long-time
local banking mainstay, has assumed responsibility for all of Pinnacle’s
commercial and industrial business from Hilton Head to Myrtle Beach.
“Mary is an exceptional leader and banker,” said Rick Callicutt,
Pinnacle’s chairman for the Carolinas and Virginia. “She is a unifying
force for our teams up and down the coast, and her track record as a ‘super
banker’ gives us the kind of leadership we need in a region that is
very important for our firm.”
Garcia has decades of local banking experience and is deeply embedded in
the business community. She has spent her entire career in the
Charleston area, beginning at First Federal of South Carolina in 1986.
After eight years there, she spent another 11 at SouthTrust Bank and
seven at CresCom before joining BNC Bank in 2012 as city executive. She
continued in that role for Pinnacle until she was named regional
president for the coastal South Carolina markets.
“Pinnacle puts all its faith for strategic leadership and
decision-making in the hands of local leaders,” Callicutt said. “It’s
incredibly important that we have people in place who understand what
clients and the community need and then work across lines of business to
get the job done. Mary knows these markets better than anyone, and her
client loyalty and respect reaches across a wide spectrum. Her work in
Charleston is one of the reasons we’ve been able to grow our local book
of business significantly. I’m thrilled to have her at the helm.”
“We have terrific teams of financial professionals serving our South
Carolina clients, and I’m humbled to serve alongside them,” Garcia said.
“Pinnacle is a great place to work because we’re given the freedom to do
what we love and what we do best. Being a leader here means I’ll still
get to work with clients, helping them and my fellow associates get what
they need to be successful.”
In Charleston, Garcia has developed a reputation
for getting results for clients, sometimes when others can’t or won’t,
and for faithful service to community causes. She serves on the board of
directors for the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, serves on the
board and finance committee of the Charleston Regional Development
Alliance and is on the board, executive committee and serves as finance
chair of the Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic.
Garcia is a member of the finance committee for Christ our King Catholic
Church and is past finance chair of St. Benedicts Catholic Church.
Garcia previously served on the advisory board of Bon Secours St.
Francis Hospital and is a distinguished past president of the East
Cooper Kiwanis Club. She is also a volunteer for East Cooper Meals on
Wheels and has helped lead Pinnacle’s efforts to volunteer with the
Charleston Children’s Museum.
Garcia is a graduate of East Carolina University’s RMA School of
Commercial Lending. She is also a graduate of the University of South
Carolina’s Bankers School and the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s
Graduate School of Banking.
Pinnacle Financial Partners provides a full range of banking,
investment, trust, mortgage and insurance products and services designed
for businesses and their owners and individuals interested in a
comprehensive relationship with their financial institution. Pinnacle
earned a spot on FORTUNE’s 2019 list of the 100 Best Companies to
Work For® in the U.S., its third consecutive appearance. American
Banker recognized Pinnacle as one of America’s Best Banks to Work
For six years in a row.
Pinnacle entered the South Carolina market in 2017 when it acquired BNC
Bancorp. Pinnacle continues BNC’s practice of offering community bank
service with the resources and sophistication of a larger firm.
The firm began operations in a single location in downtown Nashville, TN
in October 2000 and has since grown to approximately $25.6 billion in
assets as of March 31, 2019. As the second-largest bank holding company
headquartered in Tennessee, Pinnacle operates in 11 primarily urban
markets in Tennessee, the Carolinas and Virginia.
Additional information concerning Pinnacle, which is included in the
Nasdaq Financial-100 Index, can be accessed at www.pnfp.com.